GridⓘView is a mobile application that provides important asset and network information to personnel in the field. GridⓘView allows the user to visualise consolidated GIS, network and asset health data around their location on both a map and augmented reality view. By providing a variety of information the field crews are able to identify the equipment around them and invoke storm damage requests, view asset incidents or send update GIS requests at the touch of a button. This removes the need for paper forms, multiple integration of data into different systems and human error.
GridⓘView provides a means of saving time and money for field crews. More information is provided to crews in real-time and reports are delivered instantly to the back-end systems. Utilising a variety of the integrated sensors (GPS, gyroscope, camera and magnetometer) within the mobile device, GridⓘView provides a powerful means of closing the loop between operations, asset and work management systems to ensure integrity and accuracy of network data across systems.
Network data is served in standard (Common Information Model (CIM)) format with support for integrating multiple data sources (e.g. GIS, DMS). CIM-JSON is also used for the messaging between the server and the device to ensure a system agnostic application.
The geographical view displays the network around the user’s location on a geographical map, either on satellite view, apple map, open street map or a hybrid. From this interface the user is able to identify pieces of equipment and perform certain tasks like:
- Creating and Submitting Reports
- View Documents
- View Location Details
- Equipment Location Adjustment
- Creation of New Asset Records
The view is generated based on the electrical network configuration, along with the embedded geographical data (sent as latitude/longitude decimal degrees). The graphical rendering of the network overlay is all done on the device, enabling voltage colours or icon styles to be customised on a per-device level.
Augmented Reality View
Along with a geospatial interface, an augmented reality view allows the user to identify the damaged equipment quickly. Augmented reality is the art of providing the user with an enhanced view of reality through collating important information over a physical world view to increase their perception of reality. By moving the device around the user’s location the equipment and cables are presented to the user over the physical view from the device’s camera. Again the icons and voltage colours can be customised on a per-device level.
A simple tap on the equipment brings up a menu allowing the user to:
- Create and Submit Reports
- View Documents
- View the Equipment on the Map
- View Details of the Equipment
Creating and Submitting Reports
One important feature of GridⓘView is the ability to create and send various reports while out in the field. This can improve the time it takes for vital information, regarding the state of the network after a storm or normal work, to be inputted into the relevant backend system and the appropriate response invoked.
When out in the field a user can create reports, either for a certain asset or for a location. A schema driven form is presented to the user, which can be easily interchanged for different utility’s requirements. Once all the information is entered into the report the data is either stored locally (for time when no cellular data is available) or sent to the back-end server.
During the time of entering the data in the form the user can attach or take a photos of the site using the built in camera on the device, annotate these or maps, and submit them with the form. Other features, like making entires dependent, automated, enumerated or required reduces the risk of human error.
Real Time Incidents/Outages
Incidents can be sent to the device in real time if the user is within range of an internet signal. This has the ability to inform field crews of present problems with the network allowing them to respond to issues in their area more quickly.
When a user selects a certain electrical network for visualisation and manipulation, the device registers this request with the backend server thus allowing location specific incidents to be sent to the device as they happen.
Information relating to the incident can then be accessed on the device such as:
- The number of customers affected
- The creation time of the incident
- The clearing time of the incident
- The equipment related to the incident